Belfast City Airport begins US$20m upgrade project

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Belfast City Airport has got underway with a £15m (US$20.6m) upgrade project, which is to include improvements of the hub’s departure lounge, retail, food and beverage offering.

This work is being delivered by construction company H&J Martin Fit Out, which has started on the first phase of the project that involves demolition works and preparation of areas for the new retail spaces.

Upcoming works will include additional food and beverage outlets, new and enlarged toilet facilities in departures, and more seating areas.

The entire works will be contained within the current terminal building and is set to be completed by October 2018.

Chris Horner, capital projects and engineering manager at Belfast City Airport, said, “Continually enhancing the overall passenger journey for our passengers is a major objective for Belfast City Airport and our £15m (US$20.6m) investment program will be a key factor in delivering on this commitment.

“H&J Martin Fit Out is carrying out the main elements of the refit to the highest possible specifications and we have been working closely with the team throughout.

“Completing the preparation of the existing areas for work to begin on the refurbishment of the retail areas is a significant milestone in the project and we look forward to work progressing further as the new terminal reconfiguration takes shape.”

William Sproule, fit out director at H&J Martin Fit Out, added, “The H&J Martin Fit Out team is delighted to be delivering the upgrade at Belfast City Airport and we are committed to delivering a high-quality project that will enhance passenger experience for years to come.

“Works are progressing on the program as we prepare to move onto the next stage in partnership with Belfast City Airport.”

There will be a 30% increase in retail space, with an extended offering from World Duty Free and WH Smith. Food and beverage facilities will be expanded by 25%, customer seating will be more than doubled, and airside customer washroom facilities will also be fully refurbished.

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